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Gilbert Scott Building

An iconic construction which forms the core of the University of Glasgow at Gilmorehill, the Gilbert Scott Building opened in 1870 allowing the University to move from its former site in the East End of the city. The work of Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-78), and now A-listed, the building was erected around two quadrangles on a prominent site at the top of the hill on land purchased by the university six years before. The distinctive tower and spire were designed by his son J. Oldrid Scott and executed 1887-91. The Bute Hall was added to accommodate graduations in 1878-84. This brightly-decorated Gothic construction, together with the adjacent Randolph Hall, were also designed by Scott, but completed after his death by J. Oldrid Scott and Edwin Morgan. A Memorial Chapel was created on the western side of the building in 1929 by Sir John James Burnet (1857 - 1938). The Lion and Unicorn stair is the earliest feature of the building, constructed in 1690 and moved from the university's former premises. In addition to several academic departments, the building also contains the Hunter Halls, a pair of large rooms which feature painted cast-iron columns and decoratively pierced cast-iron beams. These are used for examinations, conferences, and functions.


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